Not just repurposing, but BEING repurposed......" if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation: the old has gone, the new has come." ~~ 2 Corinthians 5:17



Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Taking a path less traveled

Remember last post I mentioned this bike for two inspired me?  
Well, it was our surprise wedding gift to my daughter and her new husband -- something they both really wanted.  
We parked it at the reception and it was a big hit, including people posing for photos by it. 
It got me wondering.... 


Where do people get non-traditional items for weddings like vintage bikes and fun signs?  
Can you rent things like that?



 So did I little googling.  
And I found that many businesses have popped up in the last year for just that purpose, spurred on by the recent trend of vintage and non-traditional weddings and the need for renting unique pieces.



 And I had much more to offer than many of the "vintage rental" businesses I discovered!  
Number one common item I noticed -- blue jars! 
(I'm now up to about 100)

 
 So I'm adding vintage rental to my services I provide!  
As far as I can tell, I'm currently the only one in MI! 
So I might even have to do a few road trips, here and there. 
(No problem packing, I have 100 suitcases too)

     
 I don't have quite as many china pieces, 
but I am working on building up my collection.


Same story for my vintage silverware.


Birdcages seem to be very popular right now. 
I have several of those, in a couple different colors, 
and a variety of styles.

   
 I even have several bird nests to go with them!


 And vintage typewriters are so great for leaving messages for the happy couple, or for displaying photos.



 And vintage cameras are universally popular.


 Cloches are great for display and for decorating throughout a reception area.


 One of many metal boxes/tubs.  Just add some ice and you've got a perfect homespun beverage cooler!


 Of course, it doesn't get much more cozy than a watering can, especially a collection of them filled with flowers. 
(Yup, I've got a "collection" of them)



 Imagine how fun it would be to have a "picnic" wedding!! 
They're becoming more and more popular.  
That's okay, I've got plenty of different baskets to go around!


Of course I've got plenty of basices, too,
like doors, windows, frames, etc. 
I think I see a photo op here!

 
And speaking of photo ops, the rental service will also come in handy for photographers. 
I think something like this could be fun (think baby bump!). 
And actually there are a lot of others that could benefit from a service like this, event planners, film producers, drama directors.  
And I have many more items than are pictured here.

So I guess I'd better get to pedaling
...you never know what's around the corner
...on the bike path less traveled. 
:)

Midge 

If you're worried I won't be doing repurposing projects anymore -- not a chance!!  That is still my first love!! My next post will be SOON and will definitely feature something I've made from junk.  :)

9 comments:

Linda said...

Great, Great idea! love your treasures and ideas. I also read the post about the wedding, it was nice to see a casual,outdoor wedding that didn't cost an arm & leg. Very pretty. The foot washing is so special.

Judy said...

Fabulous idea!
Have you made cake stands? For our daughter's wedding reception we had cake stands with a different layer cake as a center piece for each table.
MUCH cheaper than wedding cake (Marge's Donut Den made the cakes), especially since no other center piece was necessary.
So, start collecting cake plates! Most of mine cost $5.00, but they can be made for a lot less than that.

alice said...

Oh Midge, you are gearing up and ready to rumble! I love it all! I am so happynfor you and your venture. Give Becky congrats from me too. What a proud Mama youmare!
Smiles,
Alice

alice said...

Oops. Just noticed (after published of course) the boo boo "n".....I seem to get while typing on my "pad".
Smiles, alice

Marge of Emmas Nook and Granny said...

Your rental business is such a terrific idea! Looks like you have gathered a great collection vintage items, too!

Julie @ followyourheartwoodworking said...

Great idea, let us know how it works out for you.

Marie'soldnews said...

You will be such a huge success! I love the way you always, always think outside the box! I wish you the very best! Marie

red.neck chic said...

I'm so proud of you.

This is going to be so fun!!! In your contract you have to require photos so that you can share all of your fun and excitement with us!!!!

You're gonna rock this out.

;-D robelyn

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